EEK! My Caterpillar Is a Teenager

A few blog posts back, I wrote about finding a monarch larva and promised an update. He was very, very tiny when I found him, barely noticeable on the furry back of the milkweed leaf. That was when he was just a baby. And then there is now….

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Eek! My  caterpillar is a teenager. He is “eating us out of house and home,” his room is a mess, and he doubles in size every day. Did I mention he was naughty? The other day I found him on the inside of the water container that keeps the milkweed fresh.   I never see him moving, but I sure do see signs that he has been crawling about.

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We’ve added a forked branch for a chrysalis to hang on in case he gets any ideas about becoming an adult and leaving home. This is like parenting on fast forward. Remember when you were just getting comfortable with one stage and they moved on to the next? Same thing.

For now, he is in his glass home resting and I will just content myself with that until the next big change.

 

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